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My first restoration attempt.

Thought I would post a few photo as I begin the process of restoring my '72 Lemans. This is a weekend project and its going to be a learning experience for. I'll update photo's as i go.

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Congratulations and good luck to you sir... Give yourself plenty of time, be patient, and most of all don't give up. There will be times when it will seem like an impossible mountain to climb and you'll wonder why you ever started --- other times it will be worse ... but then every so often you'll complete a milestone and you'll get to stand there and admire it, saying to yourself, "I did that?"

Hang in there and keep the photos coming.

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....but the payoff comes when it's painted and sitting in your garage greeting you every morning, and you can say to yourself.........."I DID THAT" although sometimes you won't believe it yourself. When i started last September i was a self proclaimed novice as i had not turned a wrench on my own car in 25 years, once i got going i decided to do EVERYTHING myself, to save some money and i put myself on a 10 month time limit as i had the money for parts then and did not want it languishing for years. I sprayed it and pulled it out of the paint booth 10 months to the day from getting it in from Idaho and it was on the road 3 weeks later....good luck and ask for the help you need thats why we hang around here....

http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/...966%20Tempest/

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That looks like a fun one! Definitely some work to be done, can't wait to see it as it moves along!
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No engine pictures? :-)
You will be busy for a while, but try to keep in mind it is fun. Even when it isn't.

Just noticed the picture of the open seam in the vinyl top. Be prepared for lots of rust.

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Thanks everyone. I've wanted to do a project for awhile now. I've never been patient enough for any type of mechanical work before but i really enjoy working on this car so far. I've given myself a three year time line to finish in. I know its gonna take alot of work but i know it can be done. I'll try to post some engine photographs soon. Pretty much everything under the vinyl is rusted through so I know I'll be replacing the entire roof and filler panel.
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Welcome to the board! looks like you have a good one good luck with your project cant wait to see it come along. I love new pictures of rusty gold like has been said take your time and enjoy it
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